Autism Treatment Breakdown: Chiropractic Care

What is it:

Chiropractic is based on the important relationship between the spine and the nervous system. One of the most basic ideas in chiropractic is that dysfunction in the spine, called vertebral subluxation, can lead to dysfunction within the nervous system—and since the nervous system controls and coordinates all of the systems of the body, vertebral subluxations can have wide ranging effects on the body’s health. Chiropractors are the only doctors trained to evaluate and correct this spinal dysfunction.


What are the benefits:

The benefits of chiropractic are numerous. When you improve the function of the spine and nervous system through chiropractic, you in turn have the potential to improve the function of all other systems in the body. With the science of psyconeuroimmunology, we know that the nervous system is intimately connected to the immune system. Improved immune function is one of the most talked about benefits of chiropractic care. Because of the neurological connections to the stomach, small and large intestines, improved digestive and gut function can also result from proper chiropractic care. Spinal adjustments can also improve the motor nerves thereby enhancing gross and fine motor skills. It has been shown that chiropractic adjustments improve neurological function which can improve mood, social behavior, focus and concentration. In short, when you improve the function of the spine and nervous system with chiropractic, you enhance the health potential of the human body on every level.


How does it help individuals with autism:

Chiropractic can help those with autism on several levels. First, chiropractic adjustments help restore proper neurological function. This includes the sensory, motor and autonomic nervous systems. When subluxation occurs, it places stress on the autonomic nervous system and locks it into a protective state of “fight or flight”. A nervous system stuck in fight or flight can suppress immune and digestive function as well as have negative affects on social and executive functions. This condition can also make it very difficult for a child to get quality sleep. Chiropractic adjustments help remove this neurological stress and rest, immune, digestive and higher level neurological functions can resume. Many sensory functions are located in the spine as well, specifically the upper cervical spine. Subluxations in this area can have a negative impact on the sensory system. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to improve sensory processing disorder as well as balance and coordination. Subluxations can also affect gross and fine motor functions. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to improve gross and fine motor skills as well. As we can see, it is important to have a child’s spine and nervous system evaluated by a qualified doctor of chiropractic to ensure proper nervous system function. Most doctors of chiropractic are also well trained in nutrition, supplementation and detoxification.


How long before we start seeing benefits:

In some cases, immediate changes are observed after the very first adjustment. However, each person is different and some may take a series of adjustments to experience positive results. The severity of subluxation and other lifestyle and environmental factors will determine the level of care that is needed. Usually within four weeks, positive changes are pleasantly observed on many levels. Just like anything else to do with natural health and healing, chiropractic is a lifestyle and a process. You can’t regain optimal health and weight from one day of eating properly. Retraining the spine and nervous system to an optimal level can take some time, but the benefits are astounding.


How much does it cost:

It’s priceless. It really has too many variables. 1) how severe the subluxations are will determine how many visits it will take to stabilize the spine 2) lifestyle and environmental factors 3) insurance benefits, if there are any… 4) examinations can range from $100-$300 depending on which evaluation procedures are performed (x-rays, paraspinal thermal imaging, sEMG). Adjustments can range from $40-$55. Some chiropractors may have brain balancing therapies as well.


GR’s recommended expert: David Foss, D.C.

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